Tree HoCo

Why Trees?
  • Clean air: Trees produce oxygen, intercept airborne particulates, and reduce smog.
  • Climate change: Trees sequester carbon (CO2), reducing the overall concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. 
  • A tree is a natural air conditioner. The evaporation from a single tree can produce the cooling effect of ten room-size, residential air conditioners operating 20 hours a day.
  • Tree windbreaks can reduce residential heating costs 10-15%; while shading and evaporative cooling from trees can cut residential air-conditioning costs 20-50%. 
  • Water filtration and retention: Forests promote beneficial water quality and reduce storm water management costs.
  • Wildlife habitat: Trees provide important habitats for numerous bird, insect and animal species.
What is Tree HoCo? 
  • Tree HoCo is an initiative led by Howard EcoWorks to assist private landowners with increasing tree canopy on their properties.  This program is funded by the Chesapeake Bay Trust and Howard County Government.
  • Through this program, landowners sign up to receive discounted or FREE trees that will be installed by Howard EcoWorks' work crews.  This includes shelters to protect the trees from deer.
  • Landowners within and adjacent to Howard County's Green Infrastructure Network and in within western Howard County in general, are prioritized for this program.  To see if you live in or adjacent to the Green Infrastructure Network, check THIS MAP.
  • The number of trees planted is a minimum of 10 and maximum of 50 with area dependent upon the trees selected.
  • Landowners can choose from a "palette" or tree selection that will meet their needs while also benefitting the environment in different ways.  The palettes are shown to the right on this page.
  • Landowners must commit to maintenance of the trees.  An example maintenance schedule is shown below.

How do I sign up?
  • The first 15 "early adopters" will receive the entire package - trees plus labor to install the trees - for FREE.  Sign-ups after that point will receive a 50% discount on the cost of the project.
  • To register for Tree HoCo, please fill out THIS FORM.  Whether we receive or don't receive grant funding, we will get back to you  in winter, 2019.

Tree Palette 
  • Climate cooling - This palette includes fast growing tree species to promote carbon sequestration.  These trees are generally tall - up to 100'+, and example species include: willow oak and sweetgum. 
  • Pollinator friendly - This palette include trees to attract and benefit pollinators.  These trees are mid-story in height (20-60') and include species such as eastern redbud and basswood. 
  • Songbird - This palette will attract songbirds with a height variety from 40-100' and includes species such as white oak and flowering dogwood.
  • Edible - This palette includes selection with edible fruits and nuts that are mid-story in height (25-35') and include species such as paw paw and serviceberry